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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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is this normal temp???

I just drove from ga to Washington and back and my temp never rose above what the picture
shows. What is normal operating temp?



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Re: is this normal temp???

that looks pretty typical with the 195F t-stat. Many guys run the 205F stat. Little more heat is good, and the gauge moves a tad further.

Ford has played lots of games with gauge sweep and its mostly to keep drivers from worry. I've got a gasser gauge in mine (no resistor) and it moves to halfway or a tad over if its real warm. The thing I like is that it sweeps faster when warming up.

Bottom line is that regardless what it says, after you've driven with it enough, you know when its not right.

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I have the 205* and it never rises above the "o" in normal.
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Mine sits right below the N all day long. Looks a hair under, but looks pretty darn close.

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I have the 205 t-stat as well, my gauge points straight up once warm.

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Very inconsistent
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Re: is this normal temp???

Mine sits right between the "N" and the "O" in NORMAL. If you really want to know what's going on with the water temp, you need to get an actual water temp gauge that's accurate.

Something to think about... how old is your thermostat? I recently replaced mine because the gauge wasn't even moving off the bottom marks. It was stuck open and not holding any coolant back at all, never allowing the truck to heat up to operating temp.
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Mine sits right between the "N" and the "O" in NORMAL. If you really want to know what's going on with the water temp, you need to get an actual water temp gauge that's accurate.

Something to think about... how old is your thermostat? I recently replaced mine because the gauge wasn't even moving off the bottom marks. It was stuck open and not holding any coolant back at all, never allowing the truck to heat up to operating temp.
What he said, mine reads exactly the same!

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Re: is this normal temp???

With a water temp gauge mine struggles to get to 180deg. On the dash its just past the "N" 203 degree t-stat is in order

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Mine sits right between the "N" and the "O" in NORMAL. If you really want to know what's going on with the water temp, you need to get an actual water temp gauge that's accurate.

Something to think about... how old is your thermostat? I recently replaced mine because the gauge wasn't even moving off the bottom marks. It was stuck open and not holding any coolant back at all, never allowing the truck to heat up to operating temp.
im going with this one^^^^

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